Keep On Going, Don’t Give Up.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (ESV)
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control,[a] lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
This is to all the baby Christians out there. Keep on going babies. You may be feeling like you want to give up or things are too much for you and you can’t carry on. Don’t give up, keep going. You won’t even notice it when you have beaten those things that are making you feel as though you can’t carry on. Keep on praying and being faithful. Always, always ask God to help you out when you’re struggling with anything. Cry out to Jesus when the enemy attacks.
Ephesians 6:12 (NIV UK)
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
You’ve probably heard a lot of preachers saying their old lives are not lives that they could ever go back to. That is so true, if you are struggling and you’re wanting to turn back because your life seems tougher than it used to be. Don’t give up. The road gets rougher before you see a breakthrough. In my walk with God, -which I had a reminder of today- I haven’t woken up one day and saw the change and then have lived in it. I have only seen the change when I thought about how I used to be, what I would have done in a certain situation etc.
A lot of the things that God changes in our lives we will not actually see the exact moment that we changed. We are more likely to look back and realise that we aren’t sexually immoral; angry, hate filled, jealous, greedy, what ever you used to be anymore. Just because you can’t see a difference in one area of your life it does not mean that you are not moving forward. Others may see a change in you that you don’t see in yourself yet.
It is also very true that the more you find yourself in battle when you are walking life with Jesus all it means is that you are on the right track. When you are walking with God and making changes in your life, the devil will fight against you. (Matthew 12:26, Luke 11:18) The devil is there doing things to make you give up. Why? Because if you give up there’s one less person he has to fight against. For the most part this spiritual warfare will manifest itself through your emotions. That’s why you may feel uplifted on day and then the next something happens and then you start to doubt whether you are on the right track and then depressive thoughts kick in. When spiritual attacks happen and they manifest in your emotions pick up the Bible and speak the truth of God’s word over your life. The Psalms are a great place to find spiritual warfare winning words. Read your Bible so that you many know what it says about who we are. Drown out the devils lies with God’s life giving word.
Keep going, if you wobble or fall always know that God is there. Ask Him to give you a hand to steady yourself or to pick you up.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV UK)
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
You’re Gonna Be OK – Brian & Jenn Johnson